In an effort to streamline its approach to renewable energy, the Western Australian Government announced the Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) would be integrated into the Office of Energy (OOE).
In a statement released yesterday, the State’s Energy Minister Peter Collier said the move would help the Government meet the objectives of its Strategic Energy Initiative, currently under development.
One objective will be meeting the national 20% renewable energy target by 2020.
“To meet this commitment, it is important to take a more co-ordinated approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency,” Collier said.
“The new structure of the OOE will embed renewable and energy efficiency research, development and planning into all aspects of the broader mainstream energy sector in WA.
“The Government recognises the importance of increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency across all sectors of the community.”
According to Collier, the SEDO had raised awareness about energy efficiency and encouraged a greater use of renewable energy.
“However, it is time to move into the next phase of energy development,” he said.
“We have moved beyond the need for a separate focus on sustainable energy to a more holistic understanding of how the diverse parts of the energy sector need to complement each other to responsibly deliver what the community and economy need.”
The changes will aim to foster competitive and efficiently regulated energy markets and streamline clean energy incentive programs.
“No jobs will be lost as a direct result of this change and staff will have opportunities to develop their skills in new areas,” Collier said.